It appears the Townsville floods haven’t dampened one North Queensland family’s sense of humour.
Dad Scott Munro has left his family in stitches after wrestling an inflatable crocodile in floodwaters down his street.
It comes as floods forced thousands to flee Townsville up to 20,000 homes and businesses remain without power.
Mr Munro’s wife, Stacy, filmed the encounter with the “dangerous” crocodile on Facebook.
“Right, I’m out here in flooded suburbia,” he says to his wife and son mimicking Steve Irwin.
“I’ve spotted myself a majestic creature.”
The dad then points down his driveway to an inflatable crocodile floating in the floods.
“Now, I’m going to go out there, sneak up behind him and put my thumb up his butthole,” Mr Munro says.
His son and wife burst into laughter.
“Be careful,” the father says.
He then mounts the inflatable toy and play wrestles it as his family giggles.
Mr Munro finally turns to the camera and gives a thumbs up.
“Got him,” he says.
The Facebook video had more than 1600 views at the time of publication with many amused by Mr Munro’s exploits.
“I laughed way harder than I should have,” one woman wrote.
Another added: “Day f***ing made.”
Further north in Ingham a mum and her kids had a fright when a snapping, three-metre crocodile charged into their yard from nearby floodwaters.
Up to 20,000 without power as damage bill rises
The damage bill is rising in Townsville as the floodwaters fall and residents mop up in the wake of the deadly and unprecedented floods.
In parts of the north Queensland city, residents have been hosing down their mud-filled houses and throwing out flood-damaged belongings for days while some suburbs remain waterlogged.
The mood has been stoic but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned that while they are a resilient people, the enormity of what they had been through would soon hit.
Back in Townsville, damage assessment has begun and the Insurance Council of Australia had more than 6500 claims worth $80 million on Wednesday.
To help with the clean-up, reinforcements arrived in the form of 100 fresh police officers as well as nurses and power workers.
They will relieve their exhausted local colleagues, many of whom are anxious to attend their own flood-damaged homes.
They will also get the power back on.
The once-in-a-century big wet event also caused flooding that killed two men.
“To go back into your home and to have lost things and having to rebuild … is going to be very hard for many people to take on,” the premier said.
Elsewhere, much of the state’s north is still underwater, communities remain cut off and the army is helping with food drops for stranded cattle.
Palm Island residents were told by the local council to boil all drinking water until further notice after rain affected the island’s water treatment plant.
On Wednesday night some 350 people remained in four evacuation centres and 8600 people had no power.
But schools and businesses have reopened, just days after people were being rescued from inundated homes and waterways.
The defence force and council workers are due to begin cleaning roads and removing debris from the worst-hit suburbs on Thursday.
The monsoonal trough is expected to bring further heavy rain and damaging winds between Cardwell and Sarina, south of Mackay, and inland on Thursday but is expected to move offshore by Friday.
Major flood warnings remain in place for the Herbert, Haughton, Upper Burdekin, Flinders, Cloncurry and Leichhardt rivers.
– With AAP
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